Ask the Artist: Michael Card

By   •   May 27, 2014

Michael Card

On Sunday, June 15 (Father’s Day), Michael Card will hold the next installment of An Evening at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

The popular concert series features well-known artists who are passionate about the Gospel. Concerts include a gourmet dinner and are held at the peaceful, mountainous Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

While Michael Card is best-known for his music, he is a teacher at heart, with a master’s in biblical studies from Western Kentucky University. In addition to his Sunday night concert, Michael will be teaching an intensive Bible seminar on the gospel of John on June 16-20.

Click here for tickets to Michael Card’s An Evening at the Cove. Click here to register for his intensive Bible seminar.

With the two events quickly approaching, we asked BGEA Facebook and Twitter followers what they would like to know about the prolific Tennessee songwriter, musician, author and teacher who has penned time-honored worship songs like “El Shaddai” and “Immanuel.”

Below are five questions for Michael and his answers.

Q: As someone who has studied physics and astronomy (even working part-time at a planetarium for six years), would you say science challenges or affirms your faith?
A: Without a question it affirms my faith. The work I did in astronomy at Western opened a new world for me of understanding the mystery and wonder of God the Creator. The beauty and the magnitudes are beyond words. To look at the stars is to look back in time.

Q: What projects are you working on for the rest of 2014 and/or 2015?
A: I just finished the final gospel project (from the Biblical Imagination Series, featuring books and music albums that bring the gospels to life) and so after a bit of time off, I’ll probably jump into a book project on the Hebrew word hesed (a type of love with no precise English equivalent). I am coming to believe it is one of the most significant Old Testament words in understanding the nature of God. If all goes well I might try to write some music on the topic, probably in the form of a cantata.

Q: How many books have you written, and which would you recommend for a first-time reader of your work?
A: I think the current count is about 30. Which one you read first really has to do with what you are interested in. My favorite is A Sacred Sorrow.

Q: What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
A: I must confess I don’t listen to a lot of music. When I do it tends to be Bela Fleck or Michael McDonald. James Taylor is always somewhere on my iPod.

Q: When you visit The Cove in June, you’ll be pulling “double duty” by hosting An Evening at The Cove as well as teaching an intensive Bible seminar. Do you feel more at home onstage as a musician or in the classroom as a teacher? 
A: That’s a great question. The odd thing is the two worlds are very much alike to me because they are both about communicating the truths of Scripture. I think of the two worlds I enjoy teaching a bit more.

Click here to learn more about Michael’s upcoming concert, as well as additional performances at The Cove featuring David Phelps, Mark Schultz, Rend Collective, Fernando Ortega, Point of Grace and others.

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